‘9-1-1’ boss weighs in on teary fall finale, shares what SPOILER’s diagnosis means for the show

Warning: This article contains spoilers about Monday’s episode of 9-1-1.

There wasn’t a dry eye at the firehouse on Monday night’s 9-1-1 fall finale, but what does it all mean for the remainder of the Fox drama’s third season? Series co-creator Tim Minear spoke to EW about the show’s tenth episode, titled “Christmas Spirit,” and where they’ll pick up when the drama returns in 2020.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This episode was so emotional, but the toughest situation to cope with is Michael’s (Rockmond Dunbar) tumor diagnosis. Why did you decide to take him on this journey?
TIM MINEAR: I’ve been wanting to do something with Rockmond for three seasons. I think he’s so great on the show, and he’s a great touchstone for Athena. I love that portrayal of this kind of functional broken family, and I love his relationship with Bobby (Peter Krause). I love everything Rockmond does.

Michael is not a first responder so sometimes — other than sort of the kitchen sink personal stuff — it’s difficult to come up with a really dramatic story for a character like that. So I’ve been threatening to drop things on him, break his leg, sever his spine … If I love you, then that means that something terrible is going to happen to your character, because I need a reason to have you on the screen. So that’s kind of what it comes down to.

When I saw the scene in “Rage” during the traffic stop, he was just such a standout. When he sits Harry down and has the talk with him about how to interact with the cops if he gets pulled over. And then there’s even a moment in there where Michael was telling Bobby, “When I was out there on that road and that gun came out, I just kept thinking how grateful I was that you were here in case something ever happened to me.”

So, I wanted to explore that some more. The idea that Michael is entrusting his beloved family to . This was a way to continue that idea and tell that story a little more deeply, but also to give these characters a personal emergency that fit into the show.

Hen (Aisha Hinds) has really been going through it this season. The end of the fall finale gives viewers hope that things might be clearing up for her. What can we expect from her the remainder of the season?
What’s in the future for Hen is they’re going to explore the idea of fostering these kids who need them. I mean, adoption may be in their future. They’re no strangers to adoption; Denny’s adopted.

I think for a lot of the characters on the show by the middle of the season, Michael notwithstanding, they’re sort of coming through a dark patch and into the sunlight a little bit. This does not mean that they won’t face any more challenges in the next eight episodes.

I think what the audience loved and what I loved about the …read more

Source:: Entertainment WEEKLY


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